Food sustainability

More Environmentally Friendly Products

In 2018 we just might have food packaging which is produced 100% from algae, therefore completely environmentally friendly and biodegradable. This is the objective being set by Algaeplast, a venture from the Cerepleast Group that specialises in bio-plastics. These are materials deriving from the processing of corn, tapioca, potato, sugar, and of course algae. The California based company is already able to manufacture packages which are 20% algae, but plans to reach 50% by the end of 2013. The goal is to arrive at 100%, in order to guarantee total biodegradability of packaging for companies operating at the global scale, including the food and distribution industries. For the moment the greatest obstacle to making this dream a reality is the availability of the raw resources. In spite of this, Algaeplast anticipates a boom in offer as the bio-fuel sector looks with increasing interest at algae, above all as the basis for new commercial aircraft fuels.